Feb 29, 2024
The biochemistry degree curriculum is designed for students interested in careers in medicine and allied health sciences, biotechnology, life science research, chemical industry and more. Biochemistry combines the fundamentals of chemistry with biological sciences to explain life at the molecular level. Students majoring in biochemistry are free to choose any minor; however, a minor in biology is highly recommended.
University Core Curriculum Requirements
C. Life and Physical Science
D. Language, Philosophy and Culture
G. Government/Political Science
H. Social and Behavioral Science
Three hours from:
Three to four hours from:
Physical Chemistry Elective
Three to four hours from:
One hour from each of the following:
The student may be required to complete additional elective hours to complete the degree.
A minor of 18 to 24 semester hours in a single discipline is optional. At least six hours in the minor must be in advanced-level courses at SFA. A minor in Biology is recommended.
The student may be required to take additional elective hours to complete the degree.
Research Intensive Concentration
This concentration is not a major concentration but may be added to any chemistry department degree for a research intensive emphasis.
The hours for the research intensive concentration may be in excess of 120 hours and may affect elegibility for the Texas Tuition Rebate Opportunity.
This concentration consists of six to 10 hours from:
- A grade of at least C in each first-year English course (ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302)
- A C average in work completed in the major field
- A C average in work completed in the minor field
The required averages are based on those SFA courses taken in each category that are included in the student’s official degree plan (CAPP). Transfer and advanced placement coursework are not included in GPA calculations.
Undergraduate Degree Programs
Undergraduate degrees require at least 25% semester credit hours completed in-residence.
Undergraduate degrees with 120 hours total degree program hours require a minimum of 30 advanced (upper level) in-residence semester credit hours. The in-residence hour requirement will be fulfilled as part of the individual discipline major, which includes as least 12 advanced in-residence semester credit hours. Minor requirements also may contribute to the total in-residence hours as at least six advanced in-residence semester credit hours are required. The balance of in-resident hours will be fulfilled through additional advanced semester credit hours and may include further major and minor coursework.
Undergraduate degrees with more than 120 total degree program hour requirements will ensure semester credit hours for the specific discipline include at least 25% of total semester credit hours in-residence.
View HOP policy 02-214.
Texas Success Initiative Program
All students must satisfy provisions of the Texas Success Initiative program. See the TSI information bulletin page.
The following is the recommended sequence of course completion for this degree.